OFA provides comments on the discussion paper “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency.” OFA supports that it is in the best interests of all parties that the administrative costs of a new Canadian Water Agency (CWA) can be minimized, with a focus on delivering funding towards initiatives aimed at maintaining or improving water quality. This could include funding for implementation of beneficial management practices and towards freshwater research and demonstration projects. OFA recommends that CWA prioritizes sustainable long-term commitments if they choose to be involved with both domestic and international agreements and ensures adequate support exists both technically and financially. OFA recognizes data about freshwater is currently lacking. However, OFA also notes that data collection concerns exist and that strong data security protocols are required that prioritizes safety over access. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that some open data can cause potential security threats to both our water systems and our food safety and security and therefore these disruptions must be carefully considered. In developing a Clean Water Agency, OFA recommends the federal government must be sure to connect and build consensus with all the relevant players and ensure that meeting the needs of some parties does not come at a cost to others.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding the proposal of creating a Canada Water Agency
Updated: March 3, 2021